posted on Dec, 8 2012 @ 01:59 PM
reply to post by Vandettas
While interesting behavior nonetheless, according the video, the catfish don't really seem to be beaching themselves, but, more so simply taking
advantage of birds pretty much already in the water.
While they may very well be performing some out of water lunges, this behavior could, over a very long period of time through generations develop into
a new adaptation where over an even much longer period of time over tens of thousands of years, perhaps, eventually exhibit some physical adaptations
in response to the behavioral adaptations.
That is, of course, if the birds don't wise up, and learn to stay away from the water when they see catfish.
If the birds wise up, then, the catfish no longer have a chance to exhibit this behavior.
The behavior between birds and catfish could also pendulum between periods of the birds adapting to the tactic then eventually forgetting where the
catfish begin to exhibit the behavior again back and forth for something of a short-term punctuated equilibrium at least on behavioral adaptations.